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Polymer Play

I have long been frustrated with the bead selection locally. It is hard to find the kind of earthy looking beads that I like anywhere within an hours drive. For inspiration, I looked to the clay beads of my friend Vladthebat and the work of an artist known as Raggedrobyn whose work I have admired for some time. They make very organic creations with earthen clay.  Even though I have the kiln and clay, lacking the patience for that process today, I turned to polymer clay to try to capture that feeling. Here are the pieces I came up with.

 I textured the sides of the beads by rolling them over some rubber stamps that I had carved. Then I painted them with acrylics and added guilder’s wax for some sheen.

I strung them on black waxed linen cords and added a ceramic button that I made a while back for the closure. I discovered that my macrame needs a little work. :-) It does give it a more rustic look though. Also, there is the texture of my fingerprints. I was once in a Yahoo charm exchange group and the leader of the group would have a hissy fit (southern term for getting really irate) and reject charms if they were polymer clay and you could see fingerprints on them. I have always loved to see fingerprints because it is a part of the artist. Kind of like a signature.

    27″ long   All elements handmade by little old me.

 

 

Clay, Wire, and Beads

I finally got around to firing a whole batch of clay pendants and beads. Figuring out how to fire that kiln was a dilemma that had me puzzled for a long time. On my first attempt, I shot the breaker and shut down all of the plugs in my studio. It didn’t make it through an entire cycle so the pieces were too brittle. Then I moved it to the garage where there is sturdier wiring and SUCCESS! Phew!

Here are some of the necklaces that I have made with them. There are a few more already at Wall Candy Gallery in Columbia.

Also I made some tiny dangles to use for earrings.

I love the grungy look of the trade beads! Here are also some bracelets that I made using the trade beads that kind of match the necklaces and earrings. I can make these in many different color combinations if you are interested. Just send me a message. :-)

Goodies In My Mailbox

Merci Boucoup to my friend Steph for the goodies that she sent to me. There is always something in her gifts to inspire me to run to the studio, and something yummy to satisfy my Belgian chocolate craving.

 

This yummy elephant focal is one of her creations. I was inspired by her jewelry to create something with it in a tribal style. This will be at Wall Candy at this month’s First Thursday Artisans Party. Hope to see you there!